Vada Pav- Mumbai
Straight out of the serpentine lanes of Maharashtra is the Desi Big Mac also known as Vada Pav. This is a deep-fried creation made using boiled mashed potatoes enveloped in gram flour batter and spiced with chillies, garlic, asafoetida, turmeric, mustard seeds and a dry garlic chutney. This one sells like hotcakes and is one big hit among Indians.
Kulcha Chole- Delhi
Kulcha is a buttery leavened bread served with spicy chickpeas. Kulcha can be stuffed with cottage cheese or potatoes and can be served with onions, carrot pickle, green chutney and achaar. They are usually consumed for breakfast and is washed down with a tall glass of creamy lassi.
Chura Mattar- Varanasi
This popular dish is made using flattened rice, spiced sweet peas, and caramelised onions. Poha cooks faster compared to rice so it hardly takes any time! You can improvise and add small pieces of carrots and green chillies to make it even tastier!
This is a vegetarian snack made using a fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas. It is usually served with deep fried chillies and a mildly-flavoured chutney made of coriander and mint leaves. It is garnished with coriander and desiccated coconut.
Moong Dal Kachori- Rajasthan
This spicy and puffed snack is a ball of flavours. It is a hollow fried, flattened and flaky dough filled with a mixture of yellow moong dal or Urad Dal (crushed and washed horse beans), besan (crushed and washed gram flour), black pepper, red chili powder, salt and other spices. They can also be stuffed with potato, coconuts, and sugar. A thick and chunky tamarind and mint chutney is served alongside these.
Chilli Bajji- Chennai
Famously sold near beaches, this supremely hot snack is famous throughout the city! It tastes best during the wintery months and is super easy to make. If you can’t stand the sting of chillies, then we suggest you use a less spicy alternative. It is made using green chillis dunked in a batter made using Besan, rice flour, and corn flour. They served along with ground coconut chutney or tomato chutney and a piping hot cup of chai!
Misal Pav- Pune
This one is made using sprouted lentils. Misal in its original form is prepared using onion, ginger, garlic, and other spices. It has two parts, a thick curry of matki called “Ussal” and a watery gravy called rassa. It is relished by all ages and is usually served with buttered bun!
These steamed dumplings stuffed with vegetables, chicken, or pork, floating in a hot clear soup is best during the winter season and extremely delicious!
Litti Choka- Bihar
This coal-baked balls of wheat flour and ghee (clarified butter), is served with a spicy aubergine, onion, and tomato mash. It will literally awaken dead taste buds because the flavours are out of this world!